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Principal
Beth Larson

beth.larson@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-7913

I have worked in Jeffco since 2000, teaching 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade. I was an assistant principal for 3 years and a principal for the last 5 years. I am thrilled to be the principal of Rooney Ranch! I grew up in the Chicago area and have been in Colorado since 1994. My husband and I have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. They have all gone through Jeffco schools. I am a huge lacrosse fan! Three of my children played in college. I love being outdoors. On the weekends I try to go mountain biking, hiking, or skiing. I feel fortunate to live in our wonderful state.
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DeAnn Hoffman

deann.hoffman@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-2731
This is my second year at Rooney Ranch and I am so proud to be your Assistant Principal. I am originally from Wisconsin but moved to Colorado and received my undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. I received my Masters in Education at Regis University after having spent several years in the corporate world and have had the pleasure of working for Jeffco for 15 years: as classroom teacher, Instructional Coach and Evaluation Coach. My husband Bryan and I have two amazing kids. Alex (21) is a senior at the University of Arizona and Sydney (17) is a senior at Dakota Ridge HS. I can’t forget about our “furry child” - a 3-year-old dog named Kaya. I love to run and hike (Colorado is perfect for it!) and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
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Principal's Secretary
Carrie Jark

carrie.jark@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9597
I have worked at Rooney Ranch since August, 2006 and have been the Principal's Secretary since August, 2007. I love working with our wonderful staff and all of the families that have been at Rooney over the years - they are the best!! I enjoy travelling with my three sons (who all went to Rooney) and my daughter-in-law. I also love to walk with my Golden Retriever, read a good book or watch a movie in my spare time.
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Attendance Secretary
Debbie Gonzales

dagonzal@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9603
I have been so fortunate to have been at Rooney Ranch since it opened in 1994 and will be retiring in May. I have been so blessed to be a part of this community. I want to thank students, staff and parents for allowing me to be a part of your lives. I will never forget Rooney Ranch and hope you will always remember me! Con Amor!!
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Health Aide 
Holly Sherrill

holly.sherrill@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM: 303-982-7843
I have been working at Rooney Ranch for seven years. I have a 27 year old daughter and a son in eighth grade. In my spare time I like to read and watch sports (mostly my children). I feel very blessed to be working here, and I absolutely love my job! 
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Angela Finke

angela.finke@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM: 303-982-1846
I'm really excited to join the Rooney Ranch community this year! I'm a Colorado native who grew up in Golden and attended Jeffco schools. I attended college in Portland, Oregon and then returned to the state I love to begin my career in education. This marks my 11th year on that journey, and I can't wait to support teaching and learning as the Instructional Coach. In my free time, I like to head to the mountains, see live music, and cheer on the Rockies.
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Teacher-librarian
Natalie Schiele
natalie.schiele@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-7355
This is my 7th year at Rooney and 18th year in education. As a Green Mountain grad, I feel very fortunate to come back to the area I grew up in. In addition to my role as digital teacher-librarian at Rooney, I am also on the district Library Leadership team and the Elementary Book Review Committee.
I'm a Rooney parent of a 2nd grader and Kindergartner. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, learning new technology, reading a good book, or watching a few of my favorite Netflix series with my husband.

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Specials-Art
Bo Oryshchyn

boryshch@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8308
I am a Colorado native and grew up in the Lakewood area. I attended Jeffco schools, Slater for Elementary, Lakewood Junior High (before middle schools) and Lakewood High School. I have been teaching for 24 years and this is my 10th year here at Rooney! I love being at Rooney and teaching art to the wonderful and creative students here! I have two daughters who attend High School in Jeffco and my wife is also a Jeffco employee. We are a Jeffco family! In my spare time I enjoy doing art, woodworking and going on hikes with my wife and family.
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Kelsey Skiles

kelsey.skiles@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9444
I am a west coast transplant who as loved living in Colorado for the past 8 years. I have a degree in music education from Azusa Pacific University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Denver. This is my second year at Rooney Ranch and my 7th year teaching music full time. I am thrilled to be a part of this vibrant, fun community! When I'm not teaching music I love to bike, perform music and improv comedy, play with my dog, and play in the mountains while hiking and skiing.
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Specials-P.E.
Joel Halliwell

joel.halliwell@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-7846
I am a transplant from the East coast. Having grown up in the small town of Noank, Connecticut, I moved to Colorado in 1992. I began teaching in 1993 at Mount St. Vincent Home in Denver for a few years before becoming a Jefferson County teacher at Leawood Elementary School. I taught there for six years before coming over to Rooney Ranch Elementary. I have now been at Rooney for 15 years and love every day, as every day offers so many different opportunities. I have also been a softball and baseball coach at D’Evelyn High School since 1995. Coaching gives me the opportunity to work with both elementary and high school students. I continue to learn new teaching techniques on a daily basis. I love being at Rooney Ranch with all the students and staff that have made my teaching career such a wonderful experience.
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Psychologist
Chris Mattes

christian.mattes@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-0913
I have been at Rooney Ranch for 10 years, and this is my 15th year in Jeffco. Before I was a school psychologist, I worked as a commercial photographer in the Denver area. Currently, my family is very school-oriented; my wife is a middle school teacher, my oldest son is attending graduate school at CU Denver and my youngest son is junior at Western State Colorado University. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, and fishing. My wife and I are finishing a log cabin located in South Park. I also fly my hot air balloon, Skywalker, whenever I get the chance.
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SERS- Full time 
Kelly Phillips

kelly.phillips@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9332
Hello! I am excited to support your child's social and/or academic learning goals and for opportunities to collaborate as a team. This is my 15th year working in Jefferson County. I am a Jeffco graduate and my three children attend Jeffco schools! I was born in Colorado, that really makes me a true native who enjoys hiking, skiing, and the beautiful Colorado sunsets. I love to hear from parents throughout the year!
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SERS- Part-time
Shawn Demers

shawn.demers@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8063
I'm very excited to begin another year at Rooney Ranch Elementary! I am a SERS Team member and will be supporting students, parents and staff within this wonderful community.
Not only have I spent my entire career here in Jeffco, I also grew up here, going to Leawood Elementary, Ken Caryl Middle School and Columbine High School. I continued my education at Colorado State and then the University of Colorado. In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking and spending time with family and friends. I've live here in Green Mountain, so I am thrilled to be a part of the Rooney Ranch and greater Green Mountain community!

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Speech Therapy
Jen Knolmayer

jennifer.knolmayer@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM
I am so excited to join the team at Rooney Ranch to provide Speech and Language Services. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and attended grad school at University of Northern Colorado. Since then I have lived and worked in Texas, Washington and Minnesota but now am thrilled to call Conifer home. This is my 15th year working as a Speech-Language Pathologist. This year I will be working three days a week at Rooney Ranch and two days at Bradford North. My husband and I have three wonderful, active boys ages 13, 10 and 9 who keep us busy with football, baseball, band and wrestling. I love to run, ski, hike, camp and boat but most importantly I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to a great year here at Rooney Ranch.

ELL Tutor (part-time)
Hayden Blazer


This is my first year at Rooney Ranch and I am so excited to be here! I am originally from Colorado, but I just moved back from Texas this past summer. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in ESL from Texas Woman's University. With ESL, I specialize in teaching and advocating for students who are English Language Learners and I am split between 3 schools this year. I am at Rooney on Thursdays and Fridays. I love what I do!
I LOVE the mountains so any chance I can get I like to hike and camp with my boyfriend Andrew and our lab puppy Daisy. When I am not in the mountains, I like to relax at home with a good book or watch my favorite tv shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. I also really enjoy thrift shopping. It is like a treasure hunt every time I go, and I can't wait to see what kind of goodies I can score!
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Kindergarten
Amy Eikermann
amy.eikermann@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9628
I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten this year! This is my 11th year at Rooney. I am married to my wonderful husband, Karl, who is an engineer. I have 3 kids. My twins, Will and Isabel, are 17, and are Seniors this year (YIKES!) Henry is 15 and is a Sophomore (all Rooney Ranch grads!) I love our school and community and look forward to a wonderful year!
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Kindergartern
Jennifer Cook
jennifer.cook@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-2861
I grew up in Arvada and am a Jefferson County Public School graduate. I have been lucky enough to have taught for 26 years. This is my fifteenth year at Rooney Ranch. I have 2 fabulous children. My son Robinson is a seventh grader and my daughter Addison is a fourth grader. My husband also teaches kindergarten.

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Kindergarten
Kelly Fox
kelly.fox@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9615
I completed my Masters in Education in June of 2014 from the University of Denver. Teaching is my 2nd career after working for non-profit's for nearly 10 years. I was raised in Littleton, Colorado and attended Jeffco Schools. I graduated from Chatfield Senior High. I currently live in the Ken Caryl Valley with my husband, four sons and step-daughter. When I am not in the classroom I love to go camping or skiing with my family and spend time with friends.
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Kindergarten
Beth Quinn

elizabeth.quinn@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-0284
I am beyond thrilled to be a teacher at Rooney Ranch Elementary! I have been a Jeffco teacher since 2002 – spending my years at Little and Red Rocks Elementary Schools before ending up here. Kyle and I have been married for over 15 years. We have 3 daughters…Devon is in 7th, Izze is in 6th, and Brooklyn is in 3rd here at Rooney. I “love” to run….so you might see me out & about hitting the pavement. Besides running, I love to hike with my family, swim, travel, and have dance parties!
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1st Grade
Juliana Felten
juliana.felten@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9433
I am a Colorado native, growing up in Conifer and graduating from Conifer High School. I earned my BA in Behavioral Science and Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University. This is my 6th year teaching and I am lucky enough to have spent all 6 years teaching at Rooney Ranch. My husband, RJ, and I love traveling, being outdoors and spending time with our two dogs, Aspen and Nala. I am also passionate about photography and love to read.
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Billie Jo Oakley
billie.oakley@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9585
I've been a teacher at Rooney Ranch Elementary for 19 years (currently starting my 20th year). Throughout my career, I have taught several grades (first, second, third, and a 3rd/4th multi-grade class). I feel very fortunate to have been a teacher at this school my entire career. I can honestly say that the Rooney community (both staff and families who have attended our school) are like family to me. I'm truly lucky to have had the chance to work in such a supportive community. When I'm not teaching, I love spending lots of time with my sweet Italian greyhound/rat terrier dog, Cammi. She and I go on long walks and spend lots of time hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains as often as we can. In addition to spending time with my pup, I love spending time with my family and friends.

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1st Grade
Kathleen Scott
kathleen.scott@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9605
I grew up in Lakewood and I graduated from Green Mountain High School. I have been a teacher at Rooney Ranch for 23 years. I am married with two children. I enjoy riding bikes with my family, spending time with my new puppy, attending my children's sporting events and going to different places on vacation in the summer.


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1st Grade
Jennifer Swaim
jennifer.swaim@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9538
I am a Jeffco Public Schools graduate. I grew up in the Green Mountain area and attended Hutchinson, Dunstan and Green Mountain. I then went to University of Northern Colorado for my undergraduate and University of Phoenix for my graduate degree. I have been teaching at Rooney Ranch for 10 years. I love everything about Rooney Ranch; it's a great place to be! When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family, my three adorable nephews, friends, my black lab Koko and my cat Gizmo, cooking, working out, reading, traveling, basketball, and enjoying all the amazing things Colorado has to offer!



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2nd Grade
Jeni Barton
jennifer.barton@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8055

I am excited to be part of the second grade team at Rooney Ranch. I am originally from Wyoming but have lived in Bozeman, Montana and Phoenix, Arizona as well. I have lived in beautiful Evergreen for the last 7 years. This will be my seventh year teaching and I have a Masters in Education from Regis University. Prior to teaching, I worked in health care as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab and diabetes education for nearly 10 years. I have two amazing daughters ages 13 and 15 and we spend most our weekends on a soccer field. My passions include hiking, skiing, reading, and spending time with my family. We have two dogs, Winnie, who is our 115 pound St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees mix, and puppy Gus, a Bernese Mountain Dog/Great Pyrenees mix that we love to introduce to new people while exploring Colorado. I am looking forward to a great year with a wonderful group of students!
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2nd Grade
Ann Lee
ann.lee@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8323
I was born and raised in Alabama. I love sweet tea and lemonade. My family and I are huge Crimson Tide fans. This is my seventh year in Colorado. This is also my 25th year of teaching. I received my Master's degree in Elementary Education. I have taught first, second, third, fifth and sixth grade.
My family enjoys spending time together. We have three dogs and one cat. I make some of my own jewelry. Music is a big part of our lives. I love working in the yard.

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2nd Grade
Vanessa Metskas
vanessa.metskas@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM: 303-982-9451 
I'll always be a Mountain Lion at heart! Being a Colorado native, I grew up in the Green Mountain area and even attended Rooney Ranch as a child. Its so great to see how things have come full circle! I graduated from GM High School and received my degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. This is my fifth year teaching and second year at Rooney. When I'm not teaching, I plan weddings and events, try new restaurants, and explore Colorado like a tourist with my husband Alex.
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2nd Grade
Kim O'Byrne
kim.obyrne@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9346
This is my 24th year teaching and my 6th year at Rooney. I have taught grades Pre-K~2nd grade in Houston, Englewood, and Jefferson County. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado and my Masters in Education degree from Regis University. I am married to a very supportive husband, John, and we have two beautiful daughters: Kalyn is 20 and Heidi is 16. I am a Colorado native and I love spending time with my family skiing, golfing and traveling. I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Rooney community; this truly is the best place to work and learn.
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3rd Grade
Laura Kendall
laura.kendall@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-6396
I am proud to be a Rooney Ranch Mountain Lion and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work in such a wonderful community! I am a Colorado native, growing up in Evergreen and graduating from Clear Creek High School before earning my BA in English and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. My career path after college lead me into the ski industry for many years and finally brought me back to the classroom in 2008. I am thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade again this year and beginning my seventh year at Rooney Ranch. I have a fun-loving and supportive family including my husband Jeff, son Taylor (15) and daughter, Katie Bea (12). We are passionate skiers, enjoy running and eating sushi, and love to load up our paddle boards for time on the lake.
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3rd Grade
Nate Mueller
nathan.mueller@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9719
This is my sixth year teaching and am overjoyed to be spending it back at Rooney Ranch. I grew up in Michigan, but moved out to this fine state in 2008 and attended college at UNC. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, biking, drumming, and playing the ukulele.

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3rd Grade
A.J. Brown
joseph.brown@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9560
This is my tenth year here at Rooney, and I am so grateful to be here. I have an amazing wife named Vivi, an awesome almost 3 year old daughter, Noelle, and a stubborn but great four legged kid, Maverick.
I spend most of my free time remodeling our house, playing frisbee with Maverick, and watching the Broncos.




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3rd Grade
Debbie Taylor
deborah.taylor@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-0588

My name is Mrs. Taylor and this is my fifth year here at Rooney Ranch Elementary. Rooney was my first place of teaching in 2008, when I completed my student teaching practices, so my heart never left this great place!! I have been teaching in the Jeffco School District for 10 years and have been so very lucky to work at many great schools in our district. I am married and am a mother to 2 boys, Colton and Weston, and 1 furry son, Chase. I love to spend time with my family and spend time outdoors, especially during the ski season!! I enjoy trying new things and even have an adventurous side to me. I’ve skydived, climbed 14ners, and traveled to some wonderful destinations! I am a huge Denver Bronco fan and Texas Longhorns fan, Texas being my native state! I am so excited to be teaching 3rd grade and know that this journey will be the best yet!!
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4th Grade
Lyndsay Cummings
lyndsay.cummings@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM: 303-982-9622
I am so excited to join the staff this year at Rooney Ranch. Overall, this will be my 12th year in education, having previously taught in both Douglas County and Englewood Public Schools, covering grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
I am a product of Jefferson County Schools and am excited to finally be back in the district. I graduated from Dakota Ridge High School and then went on to get my bachelor’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and master’s degree from Colorado Christian University. I am married to Nick Cummings who is a high school teacher and we have two sons, Cameron 8 and Kiptyn 4.
I absolutely love my job! I feel lucky to have the opportunity to work with kids every day, and beyond thrilled that I get to do it at place as fun, committed, and excellent as Rooney Ranch.

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4th Grade
Caitlin Helfer
caitlin.helfer@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9438

This is my sixth year teaching at Rooney Ranch and I love coming to work here everyday! I am married with a two year old daughter and another kiddo on the way coming in January. We have two big dogs and enjoy being outdoors and hiking. I love to bake and do so as much as possible. I love making cupcakes and cakes for friends and family.
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4th Grade
Michelle Williams

michelle.williams@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-1931
This is my second year at Rooney Ranch but my 5th year teaching in the Jeffco School District. In the past, I have taught 3rd-6th grade. I have a passion for teaching and working with children. I am a Colorado native and grew up in Parker. University of Northern Colorado is where I received my bachelor's degree in teaching. Outside of teaching, I enjoy watching and playing sports, traveling, and being with friends and family. I look forward to working with the Rooney Ranch community and watching kids soar!


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4th Grade
Al Lago, Jr.
alagojr@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9573
I was born and raised in Colorado and went to the following Jefferson County Public Schools: Westgate Elementary, Carmody Junior High, and Bear Creek High School. Going to these schools and being a long time Jefferson County resident motivated me to become a teacher and to work in the Jefferson County School District. I completed my undergraduate work, teacher certification, and master’s work at the University of Colorado at Denver. 

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5th Grade
Trista Morrell
trista.morrell@jeffco.k12.co.us 
VM 303-982-9588

Oh my heck! I LOVE Rooney Ranch! We have an amazing community, a supportive staff and the greatest kiddos at this school. This is my 6th year teaching at Rooney and second year teaching 5th grade with my fantastic team. I have taught in Englewood and Douglas County school districts. I have a creative and adventurous daughter, Lilly, who is also in 5th grade this year! My favorite things: family time, being in nature, walking my puppy and traveling with Lilly. I love teaching, great music, and laughing with those around me. I look forward to another wonderful year at Rooney, I know it will be a magical journey!
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5th Grade
Vicky Maher

victoria.maher@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9704
I am thrilled to be returning to Rooney Ranch teaching fifth grade again. My career began in Chicago Public Schools where I taught for five years, and then taught in Evanston, Illinois for almost four years. I feel lucky that I now call Rooney my home! I love that I have the opportunity to teach where my daughter attends school. Family time is the most important time in our house and we spend it attending many kids' sporting events, movie nights, skiing or visiting family in Chicago. I am looking forward to a wonderful journey with the fifth graders this year!
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Nick Sontag

nicholas.sontag@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9626
This will be my twelfth year teaching at Rooney Ranch, and I think it will be the best one yet! I feel very fortunate to be a part of this vibrant and inclusive school community, and truly enjoy helping students discover new skills and abilities. Outside the classroom, my family loves to be outdoors. Our favorite pastimes are mountain biking, skate skiing, and exploring any place new.
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5th Grade
Emily Van Duerm
emily.vanduerm@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9368
I couldn't be more excited to spend another year at Rooney Ranch--I think this will be the best year ever! My name is Emily Van Duerm, and I have been teaching intermediate grades since 2009. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and moved to Colorado in 2012. I earned my Masters Degree through Regis in Denver this past summer.- am so glad that I found my way to Rooney! I live with my husband, our sweet dog Daisy and two cats. When I'm not teaching, I love to travel, cook, craft, read, spend time hiking outdoors, and am always looking to find a new pizza place!
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Para Pro
Barb Armstrong

Kindergarten-Cook
barbara.armstrong@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have been with Rooney since it opened in 1994 and have loved getting to know the kids and watching them grow.  I am married and have two wonderful boys.  I enjoy riding my bike, hiking and just being outside.  When the weather is cold I like to embroider and quilt. 
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Para Pro
Brenda Artley
Primary Para-professional
brenda.artley@jeffco.k12.co.us
Rooney Ranch is looking like my second home. All three of our daughters attended Rooney, so I have been here for 13 consecutive years as a parent and volunteer. For the past 3 years, I have been working here as a para-professional, and occasionally as a substitute teacher when needed. I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. While I still cheer for the Cowboys, the Broncos are my #1 team! I earned my teaching degree at Texas A&M University, where I met my husband, Craig. After graduating we moved to Colorado. I worked as a substitute teacher in Jeffco for several years, and I taught kindergarten at Hutchinson for one. We have two daughters in college and an 8th grade daughter at Dunstan Middle School. We are active with the Green Mountain HS Marching Band, though we are enjoying a couple relaxed fall seasons before our youngest enters high school. As an animal lover, I have three rescued dogs (2 beagles and a Chihuahua) and a sun conure.  I enjoy hiking, gardening, traveling, reading, music, football, and teaching.  I have the perfect job!
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Para Pro
Pam Banks
Clerical/Lunch aide
pamela.banks@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have three wonderful children, all alumni of Rooney Ranch Elementary. I have worked at Rooney for 20 years.  I am a grandma to Morgan and another one on the way!
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Para Pro
Annie Bitsie
Kindergarten-Quinn
annie.bitsie@jeffco.k12.co.us
This is my 11th year as a Kindergarten Para at Rooney Ranch. I've been a member of the Rooney Ranch family since 1999, having 3 children who all attended school here. My oldest daughter is now a 4th grade teacher in Ft. Collins and was highly influenced by the amazing teachers she had here as a student! My middle daughter is a Sophomore at University of Arizona. When I'm not working here, I can be found cheering on my son, a Junior at Lakewood HS, at his Ultimate Frisbee games, working out up at Red Rocks or advocating for strong public education here in Jeffco.
I was honored in 2016 to receive the Education Support Professional of the Year Award for the state of Colorado. Our students, who are my number one priority, the Rooney Ranch community and the amazing teachers who I've been blessed to work alongside are why I love my job and feel so passionately about the work that I do.
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Hayden Blazer
 
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Para Pro
Bernadette Castro
Kindergarten- Eikermann
bernadette.castro@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have been a Para at Rooney Ranch for 11 years and I love the community and staff. This is my fifth year working in Kindergarten and I love the little ones. I am married and have two daughters who both went through Rooney Ranch Elementary.
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Terrie Fontenot
Primary/Recess aide
terrie.fontenot@jeffco.k12.co.us
Not only am I new to Rooney Ranch, I am also a new Para Pro. I feel privileged to be a part of such an exceptional education team. When I'm not at school, I like to cook, read, and be outside ... occasionally all at the same time! I enjoy entertaining friends and family. I am a passionate volunteer, and donate quite a bit of my time to Volunteers of America. I have a 8th grade son who keeps my husband and me busy with his sports (baseball and skiing) and social schedule. Our small family includes a large dog named Jerry and a dog-like cat named Seth.
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Para Pro
Mandi Graw
amanda.graw@jeffco.k12.co.us
Office
Originally from the Chicago area, I moved to Colorado in 1998 to seek better weather and LOVE IT HERE! I have been married to my wonderful husband Heath for 14 years and we have 2 boys. I love running, skiing, traveling, spending time with my family, watching soccer, fostering dogs and walking my French Bulldog Gertie.
This is my fourth year at Rooney and I am honored to be working with such an amazing and fun staff! I love my job!

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Para Pro
Paula Main
Library/Intermediate grades
I have been a Para at Rooney Ranch for 14 years. I have been married for 34 years and have a son and two daughters. We also have a German Shepherd and two cats. In my free time I like to read or watch movies.

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Para Pro
Wendy Smith
  
One-on-one para educator
wendy.smith@jeffco.k12.co.us
This is my seventh consecutive year serving at Rooney Ranch, the first three years as a parent volunteer, and now as a fouth year para-professional. I am a mom of two wonderful, smart daughters, both of whom attend Rooney Ranch, in 5th and 6th grades. I spend much of my time supporting my girls in their many endeavors including soccer, gymnastics, Girls on the Run, tennis and academic activities. Originally from Texas, I have lived in Colorado for 12 years. I have an undergrad degree in pyschology and a masters in International Business. In my free time, I like to keep active by hiking and biking, gymnastics, yoga and Crossfit. I am passionate and dedicated when it comes to working with, and teaching, the wonderful kiddos here at Rooney.
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Para Pro
Fenna Vogels

One-on-one para educator
fenna.vogels@jeffco.k12.co.us
Originally from the Netherlands I moved to Colorado 15 years ago. I have two children, both whom went to Rooney. I love to travel, architecture and hiking. 
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Para Pro
Heidi Willcox

Intermediate Grades
heidi.willcox@jeffco.k12.co.us
I've had the pleasure of working at Rooney Ranch since 2014. I work with kiddos in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade that have reading, writing and math challenges. I love everyday with these amazing students. Smiling and laughing with these kids are daily goals of mine as I believe that having those moments while learning is essential to the whole learning process. I moved to Colorado in 1992 from the Green Mountain State of Vermont. My husband and I owned a bicycle shop in Evergreen for 7 years and then moved to Arvada where we still live today with our 3 sons. Two boys in football and one in marching band keep my husband and I very busy! I love to be outside doing pretty much anything, especially if it's on water or snow! I enjoy movie nights with my family, I love to cook and bake and I love spending time with my friends. Winter is my absolute favorite season.
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Facility Manager
Mark Everman
mark.everman@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9598

This is my third year at Rooney Ranch and my 6th year with Jeffco Custodial. I grew up and went to school in the Green Mountain area, attending Devinny, Dunstan and Green Mountain High School. I love baseball and played all through high school and into college. In my spare time I enjoy attending any and all Colorado sports events and food festivals as well as camping during the summer.
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Facilities Staff
Ramo Plivac
 If you are walking through the halls after school and hear someone laughing like crazy, it's probably my fault. This is my third year with custodial as well as Rooney Ranch Elementary, and it's a wonderful place to work! I was born in the beautiful European country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and my family and I moved here over 18 years ago. I speak both Bosnian and English fluently. I enjoy traveling, trying new foods and learning new things. I think no matter who you are, being a student will never fade because curiosity is perpetual. 
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Facilities
Belle Mouskos
 I have been working with Jeffco custodial for almost 5 years (the last 3 being here at Rooney), and this is by far my favorite school to work at. I recently earned my Master of Arts degree in Psychology, and am starting to look into doctorate programs. In my spare time, I love to do arts and crafts, watch movies, and play with my crazy kitty. 
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Vee

I have a Master's Degree in Food Science and Nutrition. I had been working as a technical sales person in the food industries of Asia and Europe for many years. With my passion in food and nutrition, after my son enrolled in Jeffco, I started working for Jeffco Food Services. I love cooking and enjoy daily home cooked family dinners. I ear very spicy food at home. One of my favorite spicy dishes is green curry. A very easy trick to make a green curry like Thai restaurants is to add extra finely chopped Kaffir lime rind in the curry. I love traveling with my family. We enjoy trying new cuisines around the country and the world.
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Kitchen
Anne Reese

anne.reese@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have been in food service for 11 years. I think Rooney Ranch is a wonderful school and community. I am married and have 2 grown sons and one grandson whom I adore.


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